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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States | website

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
2 Turtle Doves is the second in the 12 Days/Years of Christmas Series. We decided to take our inspiration from the name and base the beer on the "turtle" candy, brewing it with cocoa nibs, toasted pecans, caramelized sugar and a lot of caramel malts. Somewhere between a Belgian-style Dark Strong Ale and an Imperial Porter, this beer is designed to take the journey through time until 12 Drummers Drumming.

Added by Overlord on 10-12-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
250
Ratings:
442
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
14.81%
 
 
Wants:
192
Gots:
264
For Trade:
13
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Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I well enjoyed this one, found in Phoenix. Dark colour with some head. Pleasant aromas. Above average mouthfeel. On the sweeter side, with good characters of the coco, pecan nuttiness, yeast and very pleasant Belgian. I did not detect the alcohol. Dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle pour for the Bruery Initiation Celebration held at The Phoenix Club in Anaheim, CA.

Pours a clear crimson-brown with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, and a really unique peanut butter and jelly combo. Taste is much the same with a fruity flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a great smell and some tasty flavors.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A much stronger aroma that I expected from this brew. This was a vintage from a firkin. Everything about this kind of reminded me of a barley wine. The aroma was boozie with some dried fruits in the mix. There is some cranberry and fig flavors that fade into the strong alcohol aftertaste. Overall this is a really nice beer for Christmas time, bad thing is that it's aesthete brew and we may not see this again.

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Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Looks like a BSDA, with an espresso color and a fluffy beige head; clumps of lace cling to the chalice on the way down

Smell: Rum-soaked dark fruit, with hints of chocolate and roasted nuts

Taste: Boozy dark fruit flavors dominate the opening, with an increasing astringency developing by mid-palate, with nut skin and chocolate aspects as well; after the swallow, the flavors blend together nicely, with the chocolate coming to the fore in the finish

Mouthfeel: Creamy medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Still a little young and boozy, but has potential; deep layers of flavor

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep cloudy brown color ale with a medium foamy head with average retention and not much lacing. Aroma of dry fruits and sweet malt base is fortunately not overly sweet. Taste is just enough balance between some dry fruits such as figs and plums with a rich sweet malt backbone. Body si quite full with average carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Not bad overall though some of the upfront sweetness could be more balance with some additional complexity from missing ester.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a dark brown with a large off white head and some good lacing as it goes down my tulip. Nose brings forward really nice notes of caramel, toasted nuts, molasses, brown sugar, and some generic sweetness.

The taste adds in some dark fruits in addition to molasses, caramel, nuts, and some sweet malt. Medium body with a bit of booze and nice carbonation levels. A really interesting concept and quite tasty. I'm really looking forward to seeing how this develops over the years.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bittersweet chocolate brown with slim highlights of orange and gold barely visible along the bottom edge. The golden khaki colored crown filled slightly more than half the glass on the pour and is deflating in slow motion. It never does becomes rocky, or visually interesting, and lays down almost no lace.

The nose is redolent of dark caramel and cocoa, with a background earthiness. Maybe a hint of toasted pecans, but I never would have gotten there on my own. An olfactory flicker of tart fruit is worrisome.

The Bruery 2 Turtle Doves is not light years better than Partridge In A Pear Tree, as was hoped. It might be a little bit better, once warming has occurred and the various flavors have had a chance to meld. It isn't a classic BSDA by any means, but that's probably the most accurate choice. Belgian-style stout would work too.

Specifics include pumpernickel bread, chocolate-covered caramels, tangy medium-dark fruit, black licorice and cloves. Alcohol is exceptionally well-masked, especially given the ABV. In the end, it comes together just well enough to earn the taste score seen above.

Despite being decently bubbled (never a certainty with these guys), the body/mouthfeel doesn't wow. It needs more size and especially more voluminous creaminess. Maybe the carbonation could use some work after all.

The Bruery has never really delivered on their early promise. Only a couple of saisons (Rue and De Lente) have been truly impressive. 2 Turtle Doves is good beer that was worth the purchase price, but I'll be looking for something more from 3 French Hens.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice, opaque brown color was evident from the start with a rich looking hazelnut tone to it. The head finally calmed down after about twenty minutes but still dropped tons of foam and lace along the glass.

The aroma was very nice, a little bit ruddy at first. Hints of chcoalte and caramel, rich belgian spice and a wonderful bit of dark fruit all dancing around wonderfully inside of it. But it was once I took a sip that everything really came together for me. A wave of cascading brown sugar and tart apples just rolled across the tongue. Enormously rich and vigorous, this was just a wonderful thing to behold. Nice touches of chocolate and rich toffee like notes were all balanced well in advance of a lovely dark fruit tone that led the charge once the yeast kicked in. Nice notes of prunes and rasins, hints of plums and dark cherries were all very much evident in the profile. The carbonation was spot on, as the rich, velvet like bubbles converged on the tongue and added to the prickly pepper like spices that lasted long into the finish. Smooth as silk with almost all the alcohol very well hidden, this was certainly a gem.

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Photo of superspak
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into goblet. Pours deep dark brown color with a 1 finger tan head with great retention, that reduces to a lacing cap that lasts. Thick lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of huge dark chocolate, toffee, molasses, caramel, dark fruits, roasted malt, and nuttiness. Slight bit of alcohol in there, but not too noticeable. Wow, fantastic aromas here, tons of complexity going on Taste of huge caramel, toffee, chocolate, dark fruits, roasted malts, molasses, nuttiness, and a bit of booze in the back. There are lingering notes of big caramel, chocolate, and molasses after the finish for a decent amount of time. Decent amount of alcohol warming after the finish, with a small amount in the taste as well. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied. Fairly smooth drinkability for 12%, but definitely something I am taking my time on to finish. Best enjoyed very slowly because the alcohol and sweetness gets a bit cloying. Overall, this is an excellent Belgian Strong Dark ale, plenty of great complexity and huge flavor and fairly smooth drinking.

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Photo of mothman
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the bruery for the reserve society initiation.

Pours about 1/2 finger of light tan head. Color is a dark caramel bark brown, almost black. No lace and little retention.

Aroma: Nuts, pecans, cherries, roasted malts, grassy hops. A fairly big beer (which I understand now being it is 12% abv).

Taste: A lot similar to the aroma, but more nuts here and big fruit flavors. Also, the malts are more burnt and roasted. Definitely a big beer.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and refreshing a bit. Medium to full bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends with a lot of nuts and malts, slightly dry. No heat here which is a big surprise.

Overall, I think this beer needs some time to fully develop. It is pretty drinkable especially for the high abv. I can't wait to drink this in the vertical. I think it will be tasting great.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From old notes. Had this on-tap at the Bruery at its release.

A: Pours a dark brown color (mahogany?) with some reddish notes and a big khaki head.

S: The chocolate comes through nicely and there is a distinct nuttiness to it. A definite dark fruit thing underneath such as raisins and black cherry. As it warms, there is more and more of a raw cocoa aroma.

T: Not as sweet as I was expecting with quite a bit of nuttiness. Cocoa and baker's chocolate with a fair sweetness coming from the strong Belgian beer that serves as the base. Similar fruit notes come to mind here as well.

M: Medium in body with a full carbonation to it.

O: Considerably better than Partridge. The nuttiness sort of threw me, but I found it to be enjoyable.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on cask at TJ's in Paoli, PA for the 6th Anniversary celebration.

A - The appearance is good, very opaque only the smallest amount of light passes through at the base of the glass. The appearance reminds me of cacao liquer with thick viscous look and no head, dark coffee shade like cola w/ 'legs' as it is swirled like port wine

S - A rich fruity nose, somewhat sweet w/ vinous notes mild nuts and alcohol blend of aromas w/ slight buttery toffee notes and mellow cacao. The slight diacetyl enhances the pecan bowl aroma - it is packed with dry nutty scents!

M - Well, wow is all I could say when it expanded across my palate at first, very rich and thick, viscous feel. The texture is intense with density and mildly carbonated cask mouthfeel playing off the layers of dark maltiness w/ slight residual sweetness and alcohol in the warming finish the beer isn't cloying even in cask form

T -The taste is rich, but dry w/ mild syrup and nutty flavors w/ mild pepper and pecan accent. The dense flavor has cacao, toffee and fudge like tastes with an accent of stone fruit and mild burnt caramel edges. There is certainly an earthy element at play here -molasses or dark candy sugar giving the concentrated sweet quality with the cacao and nuts giving the smooth almost oily texture. A raisin like flavor w/ turtle totally fitting description as it has the dessert taste - the elements are there -pecan, caramel, cocoa w/ an almost coconut hint. I get a light tinge of plum from the yeast w/ light alcohol. It has a unique pecan note while totally caramel w/ fruitcake flavors. The toasted taste is evident with sweet edge in the finish

D - Although rich and slightly heavy (almost imposing) strength-wise. The stature is not enough to hinder drinkability -this is a superior brew. The flayers are layered and the concept translates well in the flavor. I would not guess 12% from the way this taste- well hidden alcohol - this beer is highly drinkable in small doses

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Photo of russpowell
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to DavoleBomb for this one.

Pours an effervescent mahogany with a finger of brown/mocha head. Minimal head retention & lacing

S: Raisins & other dark fruit, mutes a bit as this warms & then booze

T: Dark fruit, leafy hops, oaky dryness baker's choclate & some boozeyness up front, plus just a hint of vanilla. Raisins & a hint of cherry dominate as this warms, plus dryness & assertive but not overly intrusive booze that continues to mellow the warmer this gets, plus plums. finishes pretty dry with much plum & raisin & a bit of brandyish type boozeyness

MF: Fairly chewy, low but noticeable carbonation, pretty rich & complex

Pretty drinkable, especially it warms, the booze warmth blends better with all flavors presented. A fairly clean tasting take at the style, this went down well after working outdoors for half a day in the cold & wind. I look forward to more bruery offerings as I get a chance to find/try them

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Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Ah, Christmas in July. It pours a slightly translucent dark brown topped by about a finger of tan bubbly head. The nose comprises chocolate syrup, figs, plums, molasses, brown sugar, and that Belgian yeast character...you know the one. The taste follows very closely, with the chocolate and brown sugar amping up their sweetness (and then some), and a nice nuttiness coming through, ostensibly from the pecans. The body is a strong medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a silky smooth feel. Not a bad holiday brew at all. Makes me wonder how Three French Hens is gonna work out this winter...

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

HUGE thanks to James for hooking me up with this bottle!

A: Pours a deep brown color with a tan color head on top that reduces to a bunch of rather large bubbles on top. Very thin sheets of lacing form on the sides.

S: Some sweet dark fruit up front, raisins, figs, and plums. There is a bit of dark chocolate and a little bit of roasted malt. The nuts come through as well. Finishes with dark fruit.

T: Lots of the nutty/pecan flavor come through right away and mixes with some cocoa and dark fruit. Some sweet raisins and figs as well as some caramelized malt round it out. The dark fruit is rather sweet, almost like fruit cake sweet. Surprised at how nutty it is, but not in a bad way.

M: Full bodied with medium carbonation. Rather smooth. The 12% has died down a bit, doesn't really show its face.

O: Liked it a good bit. Probably my favorite in the series (compared to 3 and 4).

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Photo of mdfb79
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 12/25/11 notes. Drank this, 3 French Hens, and 4 Calling Birds in a row. Think I liked this one the most, though 4 Calling Birds was close (for different reasons).

a - Pours a dark mahogany brown color with one finger of tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Some light lacing left on the glass and a minute or so of head retention. Looks pretty good, surprised how carbonated it looks.

s - Smells of cherries, chocolate, roasted malts, spices, bready malts, and light caramel. Not getting any nuts or pecans.

t - Tastes of cherries, dark fruits, chocolate, roasted malts, light spice, toasted malts, and bready malts. taste is sweet but not too sweet, and has more chocolate than the nose. A tiny step up from the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Very smooth and creamy, and very easy to drink for 12% ABV.

o - Overall a beer that has held up very well. I didn't have it fresh, but it is drinking pretty nice right now, and I'd guess it holds up well for a few more years (not sure about 8). Would have it again, may crack it again in 2 Christmas' or so.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a dark brown to black opaque hue with cola highlights, beautiful fine bubbled effervescent four finger thicket of head forms. These bottles got some carbonation going on, lacing is fine and even definitely in the Belgian style. This is my first run in with this bruer and there's definitely a nice layer of hype surrounding the experience. That's not a bad thing, but the frenzy to get the last release Partridge in a Pear Tree get's to me especially in the trading forums.

Aroma hits my nares with a sharp sweetness and soothing roasted pecans, a nice vanilla and oak like charred roasted malt character blends nicely. That dark roasted malt note with the cocoa nibs is really nice, the dark chocolate is there with a nice layer of fruitiness a bit of sweetened cherries with caramel and nuts. Complex to say the least, the amount of carbonation does indeed tickle the nostrils as well, it makes you want to giggle like the Pillsbury doughboy. Faint herbal hops do show up in the nose especially as it warms a bit.

Flavor is blasting with complexity again the sharp sweetness seems to coat the entire mouthfeel, with a layer of acidity from the dark roasted malt and cocoa nib additions. It's got a dark black roasted coffee edge with welcoming fruit dark cherries, caramel, and again mild charred oak even though I know this one hasn't met a barrel yet. There's just too much sweetness and carbonation to actually detect the hop bitterness or flavor, but the dark roasts blended with the dark roasts also has somewhat of a medicinal cherry syrup flavor. Basically due to the 12% abv, I think this aspect will mellow especially for those crazy types willing to hold on to this until the 12 Drummers Drumming release, I wouldn't say the heat kills the flavor profile right now but I'd prefer it to more on the mellow side. This one will warm you up this winter, grab a cigar and a couple extra bottles so you don't have to treat this like a holy grail ale. I think the pecans come off more in the nose, while the bottle has more of an oily bitterness from the nut additions.

Mouthfeel is medium to lighter bodied with a heavier note of carbonation, oily resins from both hops and nut additions. The finish leaves a bitter acrid old coffee water flavor with the acidity from dark chocolate as the mouthfeel after each sip. This is one aspect of the brew that really didn't sit well with me especially in the last of my pour.

Drinkability overall was okay definitely a nice brandy snifter/chalice sipper right now, serve this as an after dinner beer this Christmas and spin some heads. A special brew with big features that should tame with time. Definitely a beer that will have no problems holding up to the test of time if cellared properly, I would have a hard time drinking this in quantity definitely split with at least one friends or do yourself a favor and find a group of beer lovers to share this beauty with.

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Photo of stakem
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to eagles22 for the random sharing of this brew. Thanks Ed! 750ml into a matching Bruery snifter. It appears black in color with a big brown head 4 fingers strong and khaki in color. It leaves thick patchy lace sticking to the glass and a light swirl revives a finger easily. Light brown clarity is noted around the edges when held to the light.

The smell is nutty with roasty grain and raisins. There is a touch of something reminescent of oxidation but it blends nicely with hints of dry cocoa and the nutty aspects. There is a dark fruity alcohol element also present across the back.

The taste is bitter with cocoa. Lots of nutty flavors almost like walnuts and a bit of oxidative cardboard character blended with raisins. Some dark candy sugar mixes with hints of citrus. Fruity alcohol esters become increasingly noticeable as it warms.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Still a bit boozy but well integrated and very warming. The unique ingrediants really blend together here with an interesting mix of character. I really enjoyed this and would certainly be entertained having it again around the holidays.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.38/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep brown. Small khaki head.

Smell - Chocolate. Some fruitiness. A little nutty. Lots of caramel. A little oxidation.

Taste - Very sweet. Caramel. A bit of tart cherry flavor. Oxidized. Some chocolate.

Mouthfeel - Medium low carbonation. Kinda oxidized.

Overall - Old, but good.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown/black color with a huge bubbly tan head that persists for a while before capping the top. Smells of chocolate, dark fruits like raisins and plums, a bit of caramel and burnt sugar, and a touch of earth and alcohol. The flavor is caramel and dark fruity with a solid shot of chocolate and a surprising amount of alcohol. The pecans come out in the flavor, but they seem a bit bitter if that's possible. Medium to thick body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet bubbly slick mouthfeel. I tried this on tap when it first came out and loved it although I thought it was quite hot. I was hoping that some age had tamed the heat but it is still quite present in the flavor. Its still a nice beer though, I wish I could have gotten a BA bottle, but oh well.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at West Lakeview Liquors. Served in my Kuhnhenn tulip.

A - Pours with a finger of tan foam that dissipates pretty quickly to a ring with a ton of giant bubbles. Dark, dark brown body that is a bit lighter at the fringes. Some nice spotty lacing. Pretty impressive for such a high-gravity brew.

S - Smells like turtles - semi-dark chocolate, caramel, vanilla, and pecans. There's also some booziness to it. This is still pretty hot and could probably use some time to mellow and develop more dark fruit character.

T - The taste is much roastier with a ton of nuttiness, with a bitter dark chocolate finish. The alcohol is much better hidden as well, as it manifests as rum-soaked dark fruits.

M - Lower carbonation, viscous, smooth, medium-thick body. It's spot on for a high-gravity dessert beer.

D - This is pretty drinkable for a 12% beer, but I still feel like I'm getting diabetes after a 1/2 glass. 4-6oz is an appropriate serving. Best suited for sharing with dessert.

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Photo of AlexFields
4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Drank at Jackie O's 3/1/2013.

Pours a rich chocolate dark brown with a thick coffee head.

Smells of cocoa, nuts, complex and rich dark malt.

Taste is similar but even better. So rich and creamy, loads of chocolate, nuts, maybe some faint fruit, rich and complex and delicious

Mouthfeel is insanely light and creamy. Amazing.

This is a fantastic beer, even better than I remembered!

8.8/10

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Photo of drabmuh
3.67/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet. Beer is dark brown / black and cloudy. There is almost no head (even after kind of a rough pour). What little head is there is brown and tiny bubbles. Carbonation is low as is lacing. Looks OK.

Aroma is alcohol first, a woodsey and slight roast second.

The flavor is about what the aroma set me up to expect. Can definitely taste the alcohol, some spices, coffee in the back of the mouth and the aftertaste, overall the beer is pretty dry, wasn't expecting that. Roast is in the back there are no hops or real bitterness in this one.

This beer was OK. Drinkability moderate and mouthfeel was fine, medium body, plenty of flavors to keep me entertained.

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Photo of Billolick
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large bottle, w/o bottling date, which would be a nice touch for a bottled beer that can be aged for up to 10 years, according to the label anyway....pours near black, long lasting very dark khaki fluffy head, medium collar and typical light lace bits. Bold nose of dark chocolate, dark malts, some warming boozeness. Big, bold, brassy, ballsy and complex offering. Lots of dark chocolate, dark malts, 12% in evidence on nose and back of the tongue, but not overly hot or boozy. As it warms, the dark and bitter chocolate oozes out and coats the mouth. heady and quite delicious...."suitable for aging up to 10 years"...yeah right, I had this in the fridge for two days and I'm glad I cracked it open tonight.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: poured a very dark brown almost black with reddish brown highlights that had a finger of tan colored head which dissipated quickly and left bubbly lacing sticking to the head.

S: I definitely was able to spot out some coocoa nib aromas with maple, slight brown sugar, nutty pecans,and some lacto chocolate notes. There was also a little booze presence as well.

T: Roastiness and coffee notes were apparent on the taste which I was not able to detect on the nose but it did have nutty pecans, cococa nib, maple syrup, and brown sugar accents. I was able to taste some booze but did not seem like a 12% brew.

M: the brew was medium to full in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, nutty, and slight boozy finish.

D: It drank pretty good considering the the ABV on the beer but IMO it was better tasting fresh. It was still tasty but not as tasty.

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